February 26th, 2009
03:13 PM ET
5 years ago

'It's a new day,' Michelle Obama tells EPA

Michelle Obama spoke to roughly 1,000 EPA staffers, her latest stop in a series of visits to government agencies, thanking employees for their work and assuring them that they have 'unwavering support from a phenomenal president.'
Michelle Obama spoke to roughly 1,000 EPA staffers, her latest stop in a series of visits to government agencies, thanking employees for their work and assuring them that they have 'unwavering support from a phenomenal president.'

(CNN) – "We now have a president who's going to put science at the heart of our environmental policies and decisions," Michelle Obama said to a cheering crowd of employees at the Environmental Protection Agency Thursday. "It's a new day."

Mrs. Obama spoke to roughly 1,000 EPA staffers, her latest stop in a series of visits to government agencies, thanking employees for their work and assuring them that they have "unwavering support from a phenomenal president."

"This new era puts the EPA at the center of President Obama's highest priorities, securing America's energy independence and securing the future of our planet by combating climate change," the first lady said.

The EPA is an agency whose mission is particularly close to Obama's heart: public health. "I've often spoken about my most important job - being a mom, and like mothers and fathers everywhere, the health and safety of our children is our top priority," she said. "This is what it is all about - the future."

The first lady touted environmental spending in the president's stimulus plan which designates 10.5 billion dollars to the EPA to "continue to clean up our communities and improve the health of our fellow Americans." The boost in environmental spending is nearly 50 percent higher than President Bush asked for in 2008, and includes funds designated to improve sewage treatment plants, drinking water systems and to protect waterways.

The first lady maintained the president will "champion bold policies and make smart investments" like create more energy efficient buildings, Obama said as the crowd roared.

"See now that's exciting, you know you're at the EPA."


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soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Don

    Jacque Bauer – I guess that you like having wrinkled up decrepid old first ladies who never even thought of education since they knew that they were going to marry a politician (keep the wealth in the family)Your only upset because she is a woman of color, if she were caucasian there would be praise, "oh she's the greatest", "Isn't she beautiful"? PLEASE...

    She's a very intelleigent woman, great mom and understands everyday people.

    February 26, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Big D

    The first lady is given a list of projects to support or promote while her
    husband, NOT her or Hillary, is in Office. They (F L) only do it because
    daddy gets a big budget to lay on mommy so she can go out and
    spend the people's money. If we could stop the money from flowing
    so easily, they would have little use except to be supportive and there
    for daddy when he comes home at night. You deserve a chance M O,
    but please don't become another Hillary, one in a lifetime is enough.
    Thank you and good luck.

    February 26, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Deborah

    63% increase in debt in 2 years. Welcome to the 0bamanation.

    February 26, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Nic

    Andy:

    I find your comments quite absurd...yes there HAS to be more spending now....when Bush came in there was a SURPLUS so he spent all of that plus more which obviously is having a HUGE effect on the economy...I guess most people who disagree with the spending have forgotten that...the deficit caused has ruined this country and lives...it is humanly impossible to us less to stimulate this country...as far as your comments about Michelle it really is not worth mentioning because it just shows pure ignorance...

    February 26, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. LC in Texas

    I'm glad to see our First Lady thanking government agencies for their work. And my my doesn't she look sharp while doing it? Bravo First Lady Michelle, keep on keeping on! She is an inspiration to all women!

    February 26, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. cord

    "Mrs. Obama is a shining example to women from all races and walks of life. I am truly proud of my country and I hold my president and his beautiful wife in the highest esteem."

    It's great that you're proud of your country, because Mrs. Obama has not been proud of ther country for most of her life. And thanks for contributing to the sexism that most liberals are railing about when it comes to conservatives and their criticism of Mrs. Obama. Your only adjective to describe her is "beautiful" - not smart, sharp, intelligent, or whatever. Only something to describe her looks. Good job.

    February 26, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Pepou

    I admire Michelle Obama so much. She is a great role model.

    February 26, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Proud American

    Love it!!!

    February 26, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Lee

    Too bad she's not wearing her Inauguration Day drapery outfit.

    Trillions of dollars in government wasteful spending and she and her MT suit husband doesn't seem to care about the debt her daughters will be faced with repaying.

    February 26, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Glennis

    Wonderful, Michelle. Well, we know what to look for if she's touting her husbands agenda. More confusing, conflicting, convoluted, restrictive ill thought out regulation for the sake of regulating. If they don't finish us off with the trillion dollar debt, they'll get us with the regulatory maze. Instead of adding more, they need to access what we already have; eliminate those that make no sense (probably 80%) and keep and enforce those that do. She's preaching to the home town team. But with advice from people like Carol Browner, that charicature of intelligent life, we can look forward to a bigger mess than we already have.

    February 26, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Laidetea

    Outside of HC speak out on a first lady term, Michelle is doing a wonderful job. She not showing off a $300,000 dress/suit. She is talking about the future for our children and the children of the future. She is a matriach of history; the first African American Lady.

    February 26, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Randy Tate

    Why are we listening to anybodys wife, she was not elected and not qualified for anything. Stick to picking names for the dog and leave real work to people who dont hate this mean country that allowed you to get into schools where you admitted did not have the grades or scores. Stock market donw 32% since Bo took over and has tripled our debt in just 1 month. The idiot who question that the earth has cooled over the last 8 years, just look at the modeling that is why they changed the name to climate change.

    February 26, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Pepou

    It's unbelievable the level of racism in these comments. From uneducated, stupiid biggots. They don't deserve the President we have/

    February 26, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Annette Peterson

    All you OLD HATER!!!! Where were you when BUSHSSSS did all THAT stealing for THERE folk's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. sandee in Portland

    Science in our government, thank goodness! With the sea level rising at a faster than expected rate, severe weather is going to become the norm. It's about time scientists were included. Thank goodness we now have an intelligent President who includes other people with high intelligence in his sphere unlike the last President.

    All the negativity toward Michelle Obama is being made by people with low IQ's that are jealous they don't have the mental capacity to understand how important climate change is. When all of you are in your homes with 150 mile winds surrounding you or buried under 10 feet of snow, or suffering through a month or two of 110 weather, maybe you'll take your heads out of the sand.

    February 26, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. bob d

    so, we're going to put Science ahead of Poliics? Great! No more baloney about Man Mad Global Warming! Yeah!!!

    February 26, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. f cole

    You don't care about run away spending or what your children will not have in the future. You just oppose everything he does because you don't like him. Get over it, he is doing what is best for everybody. Time & God will be the judge in the end. Not the morons, making idiotic statements.

    February 26, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Bill in California

    I feel sooooo warm and fuzzy inside now. Perhaps it will keep the hunger pangs away since the tree huggers have put more importance on a fish than they have farms and people in Southern California.

    February 26, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. We DID NOT VOTE FOR MICHELLE...

    We voted for President Obama, NOT Michelle, so why has she been acting like she's President?

    Since when does the first lady go to all the Departments and address policy issues and make promises?

    She needs to stick to raising her children and whatever issue she will be pushing as First Lady. In the meantime STOP ACTING LIKE YOU ARE THE PRESIDENT Ms. Obama.....YOU ARE NOT!!!

    Get out of our business!!!

    February 26, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. NoLeftTurn

    @Sheila Englebee Google "global cooling" and you will get some answers. Don't just believe one side of the issue. Do some research!

    February 26, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    THIS FIRST LADY, MICHELLE OBAMA, GAVE UP A 6 FIGURE SALARY AT A TIME WHEN WE ALL NEED MONEY. MICHELLE DOES THIS BECAUSE SHE LOVES AND CARES ABOUT YOU, ME AND OUR CHILDREN. I SALUTE YOU FIRST LADY.

    February 26, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    THIS FIRST LADY, MICHELLE OBAMA, GAVE UP A 6 FIGURE SALARY AT A TIME WHEN WE ALL NEED MONEY. MICHELLE DOES THIS BECAUSE SHE LOVES AND CARES ABOUT YOU, ME AND OUR CHILDREN. I SALUTE YOU FIRST LADY.

    February 26, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Pat in TN

    The First Lady should stay home and plan parties! Her husband and his Dem-witted friends are causing enough grief for America and the world with the hugh debt that they are creating.

    February 26, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. C W

    Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca: Where'd you get your degree from? Princeton is one of the premier universitites in our country, not to mention our world.

    February 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Rick

    Did she break the news to all those greenies that they've been punked by Al Gore?

    February 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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